The Northern Territory news Sat 30 May 2020
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SATURDAY MAY 30 2020 SPORT 45 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Hopes Dawn for Straddy NATHAN EXELBY order of entry after Wednes days first acceptors, meaning he needs to win today to be assured of a run next week. Punters like his chances of securing a run, as they have backed him heavily to win todays Fred Best Classic, firming from $2.60 to $2.35 with Ladbrokes yesterday. Timeform have him a clear top pick today, rating him at 116, with nearest rival Exhilarates at 109, and then back to The Odyssey at 108. Certain Stradbroke runner Hightail, scratched today, is also Timeform rated 108 at this stage. Three-year-olds have tended to be over-hyped in the Stradbroke over the years, with their win rate not in alignment with market expectations. Since 2000, 66 three-yearolds have contested the Stradbroke for five winners, those being Private Steer ($3.40 fav ourite), La Montagna ($11), Snipers Bullet ($6.50), Sincero ($7.50) and Impending ($20). Of the 66, half of them started $11 or shorter and include no less than seven beaten favourites. Private Steer is the only one holding up the team. Before her, Never Undercharge won as a heavily backed top pick in 1993. In recent years, Champagne Cuddles, Lumosty and Srikandi (in her three-year-old year) were all rolled as the top pick in the Stradbroke. According to Timeform, Dawn Passage already has an edge on that trio, as he is rated higher at the same stage. Champagne Cuddles was a 113 Timeform horse going into the Stradbroke, Lumosty off the same mark, and Srikandi 109. Of the three-year-olds to win the Stradbroke since 2000, Dawn Passage is inferior to Impending (122) and Private Steer (120) to this point, on a par with Snipers Bullet, and superior to both Sincero (112) and La Montagna (110). Timeform Australias Gary Crispe says Dawn Passage is building a record that fits the profile of a horse capable of being a huge threat next week, should he get there. Ive always thought the horse had a lot of potential, but just needed time, Crispe said. FROM the respected point of view of Timeform, Dawn Passage is already ahead of some previous Stradbroke winners in terms of ratings as he strives to secure his place in the field by winning todays Fred Best Classic. Dawn Passage has been high up in Stradbroke betting ever since the race was resurrected. He landed 21st on the Cup has The Lord Mayors name on it MANDY COTTELL STAYER The Lord Mayor has not reached the heights to have a feature race commissioned in his honour, but he will be the omen bet in a race that shares his name. The Lord Mayor is a confirmed starter in the Listed Lord Mayors Cup (2000m) at Rosehill today after trainer Chris Waller decided against a trip to Brisbane where he was also entered. He will be one of five runners for the premier trainer along with Yulong Prince, Wu Gok, Kaonic and Gayatri. Waller has scratched stablemates Shraooh and Savacool, who will run in Brisbane, while Carzoff will line up in Melbourne. A Flemington winner over the distance in January, The Lord Mayor is expected to be nearing his top after two runs from a spell. He is obviously drawn wide but on a heavy track, Im hoping its not too much of a disadvantage, Waller said. Hes got a good rider aboard in Tommy Berry, who will be looking to get him some cover. Maudy back against top sprinters at Pioneer Park DYLAN BAIRSTOW RACING returns to Pioneer Park today after a four-week hiatus following a terrific Cup Carnival, albeit one with a different feel with no crowds because of the COVID-19 crisis. The main event has brought together a cracking field of sprinters, with Pioneer Sprint placegetter Maudy stepping out for leading trainer Lisa Whittle. Lightning Stakes runner-up Eighteen Bombers is also back, along with in-form tough mare Roughly, who is stepping out after her victory in the Queen of the Desert. An open field will contest the 0-70 1400m event with Babe In Boots in consistent form, along with Exonerate and last-start winner Tomahawk Lad. Other good chances in their respective races are Truckload Of Hoffa in race five and Samiyomar in race six. Race one starts at 1.48pm and the last of seven is at 5.26pm. Pioneer Sprint placegetter Maudy will be stepping out for leading Alice Springs trainer Lisa Whittle in a 1000m sprint event boasting a fine field of runners today Picture: NIKKI WESTOVER The matchmaker for jobs. ntnews.com.au/careers In partnership with If youre looking for work or considering a career change, complete your candidate profile, and let our powerful matching technology connect you to live roles.